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Jatamashi
Latin Name
Nardostachys jatamansi
Sanskrit Name

Jatamansi

Hindi Name

Jatamashi

English Name
Muskroot, Indian Spikenard, (Indian Valerian -- informal)
Parts Used

Rhizome, rhizome oil. Each plant and part has a different therapeutic value and must be prepared in its own way for maximum benefits. Only found at high altitudes (from 10,000 to 17,000 feet) in India, Bhutan, and Sikkim.

Traditional Ayurvedic Uses
  • Famous in ayurveda as an herb to combat the effects of day-to-day stress. It has the property of enhancing the body's innate ability to sleep well.
  • It is considered a holy or "divine" plant in ayurveda and has traditionally been used as an air purifier. Charaka's ayurvedic text recommends it highly for insomnia, mental instability and to enhance memory.
  • It is said to promote growth and maintain the color of hair.
 
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